Back to school tips for a healthy posture
Back to school time is just around the corner. Although it may not be your favorite time of the year, going back to school usually means carrying a heavy backpack and sitting at a desk for long periods of time. This could lead to poor posture as well as create back, neck, or shoulder pain in the future. The following tips will help you keep you in good posture and allow you to remain active and alert during and after school.
- When backpack shopping choose a backpack that is small so you don't carry too much.
- If you walk to or from school get a backpack with wheels to make it easier to carry.
- Use your locker at school to keep books and other belongings stored.
- If you feel like you are leaning forward when walking down the hall it could be that you are wearing your backpack too low, adjust the straps and keep it about 3 inches below your waist.
- When you need to go upstairs, ask a parent or adult to help you with your backpack whenever possible.
- Ask your teacher if there is an electronic version of the book online, so that you don't have to take the book home to do homework.
- When using a computer during class make sure to keep your arms perpendicular to the floor and hold your wrists straight.
- Make sure that your feet touch the floor when sitting at a desk.
- Don't slouch when sitting at a desk or standing for long periods during class.
- Drink plenty of milk to keep a healthy spine and prevent osteoporosis.